TOPEKA (KSNT) – Brenda Holaday was formally introduced as the new head softball coach of the Washburn Ichabods at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
“There’s been many times I’ve looked at this program, knowing I was a coach in town, that somewhere inside of me I always aspired to be right here,” said the 13th softball coach in Washburn softball history.
Holaday has an astounding resume with the Lady Blues which includes 14 Centennial League titles, 16 Class 6A state tournament appearances, and three state championships during her 19-year stretch as the Washburn Rural head coach.
“I think for me it’s about feeling like I’ve done all that I can do at Washburn Rural, and I want a new challenge,” said Holaday. “I want this experience, and more than anything I want Washburn University softball to be known.”
The Ichabods have had just one winning season over the last eight years, but Holaday is determined to get the softball program heading in the right direction.
“This is my community,” said Holaday. “This is where I’ve spent most of my life and so the opportunity is tremendous for me, and it just feels right. Everything I’ve heard about the kids is that they’re going to work hard and we’ll get it turned around.”